What body fat percentage is ideal for men?
That depends on what YOU want to look like – as I noted a couple of weeks ago, summer is fast approaching, which means the time to shed your winter weight is running out!
The bioelectrical impedance or skinfold analysis that you can get done by any trainer at most corporate gyms are dependable and cheap enough to give you an idea on where you are, and ultimately where you need to be.
-15% Body Fat is great, you will have defined arms, shoulder and pecs – but you are likely to have a bit of belly fat over your abs which means NO SIX PACK. Maybe a 2 pack, but definitely nothing to write home about.
-12-10% Body Fat is where your 6 pack should be poking through, at least the top 4 abdominals should be coming out to play. Arms, shoulders and pecs will be LEAN and ready for tank tops at this rate.
-8-6% Body Fat is when you are PRIMED for the pool and ready for anything. Though this is difficult to maintain, the looks you’ll be getting are well worth it.
Ultimately, it only matters what you want to look like – and a lot of people look AMAZING at higher body fat percentages. BUT if you are not where you would like to be, set some goals, talk to a trainer and or work out buddy and GET ON IT!
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Kyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.